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Injury & Violence Prevention Program  (IVPP)
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Child Passenger Safety Program
Phone: (213) 351-7888
Fax: (213) 351-2713
Email: ivpp@ph.lacounty.gov

Child Passenger Safety 

DID YOU KNOW? In 2012 a new child passenger safety law became effective. The law helps to ensure that children are "properly buckled" in motor vehicles to prevent  injury-related hospitalizations and deaths from car accidents-one of the top five leading causes of injury in Los Angeles County for children 16 year of age and younger.

DID YOU KNOW? Riding "improperly buckled" is the number one reason for these injuries. Studies have shown that while 96% of parents believe they are seating their child properly, observational studies from check-up events show that over 90% are incorrect. This new law and a 5-step test will help you make sure your child is "properly buckled" under this new California law.

New California Law requires:

  • A child under the age of 8 be "properly buckled" in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat of a motor vehicle.

  • A child age 8 or older may use the vehicle seat belt if "properly buckled". The term "properly buckled" means: 1) with the vehicle lap belt on the child's lap (not on their stomach), and 2) with the shoulder belt crossing the center of the child's chest. If they are unable to be properly buckled in this manner, they must ride in a booster seat so the lap belt is on the child's lap and the shoulder belt crosses the center of their chest (SEE THE 5-STEP TEST IN THE HANDOUTS BELOW SO YOU AND YOUR CHILD CAN TEST THEM BEFORE RIDING IN ANY VEHICLE TO MAKE SURE IF THEY NEED A BOOSTER SEAT).

  • Everyone in the car must be "properly buckled" up. For each child under 16 who is not properly buckled, parents (if in the car) or drivers can be fined more than $475 and get one point on their driving record.

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